Weekly Update: Hospitality Industry Responds to Las Vegas Shooting

Weekly Update: Hospitality Industry Responds to Las Vegas Shooting

Hospitality Industry Responds to Las Vegas Shooting

The country is in shock after the unspeakable Las Vegas shooting, on Oct. 1. “We extend our prayers and thoughts to the victims and families affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas,” Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, said. “Our community stands with our colleagues and friends at the Las Vegas restaurants and hotels affected by this horrific incident.” President and CEO Katherine Lugar of the American Hotel & Lodging Association stated, “As a business that is centered on serving the public, no issue is more important than safety and security. Hotels have safety and security procedures in place that are regularly reviewed, tested and updated as are their emergency response procedures. As we better understand the facts in the coming days, we will continue to work with law enforcement to evaluate these measures.”


Paid Sick and Safe Leave Amendments Approved in Tacoma

The Tacoma City Council voted unanimously on Sept. 29 to amend the city’s paid sick and safe leave policy, creating a duplicate policy for businesses to comply with. In November, Washington voters passed Initiative 1433, which mandates paid sick and safe leave accrual for employees at the state level. The initiative will be implemented in Jan. 2018 and would have made the Tacoma paid sick leave policy irrelevant. The city council’s amendment will tighten restrictions as necessary to match the state policy while leaving city policy items in place that are stricter than the state policy. The City Council is now working on rulemaking with draft rules scheduled to be prepared in early November. Read more…

Discuss Key Issues Impacting Your Business with Your Local Lawmakers!

Each year, the Hospitality Association Government Affairs team holds series of meetings. Our next meeting is on Oct. 11, in Seattle. Join us for an opportunity to learn about what issues are on the horizon and how you can help. We will invite your local lawmakers to hear from you on topics ranging from the local economy, tourism, and new regulations. Here is the full agenda. For a full list of all regional meeting locations or to RSVP click here.



Lodging Members: Have you registered yet for this year’s convention?

Don’t miss this years lodging convention. Learn more, and then register, at www.lodgingconvention.com. Companies receive discounts for multiple registrations. Many of the state’s leading hotel companies have already signed up large contingents, investing in their staff and their future. And, click here on your smart phone to download the Washington Hospitality Association Events app (for iPhone and Android) or search “Washington Hospitality” in the app store. You can use the app to help plan your time at the convention, learn more about speakers and network with other attendees.



Two Minute Video: What You Need to Know

Don’t miss this great video recap of the news you need to know, including a look back at Seattle’s release of a draft of sweetened beverage tax rules; a reminder to register for the Washington Lodging Convention, Oct. 22; and to download the Washington Hospitality Association events app.


Glenn Haussman and Government Affairs on This Week’s DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. David Faro and Paul Schlienz kick off the show with an interview with Glenn Haussman, host of the No Vacancy podcast. Andy Cook then chats with Katie Doyle about the Washington Hospitality Association’s Government Affairs meetings.


Eye on Hospitality: Protect Your POS Systems!

Threats that could barely be imagined in the 1970s, are everywhere today, and if you’re running a business, you need to get prepared. Nowhere is this truer than in the realm of cybersecurity. Read more…



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